Bikes on Buses - Rollout Auckland 17 March

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Delivered at a regional walking and cycling forum describes many of the issues involved when implementing a \'Bikes on Bus\' programme. Focused on Auckland, NZ - and how we can learn from the rest of the world who has already adopted these schemes successfully.

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Bikes on Buses - Rollout Auckland 17 March

  1. 1. Cycling and Public Transport Integration <br />Implementing Bikes on Buses around Auckland<br />Regional Walking and Cycling Forum<br />17th March 2011<br />Matthew Ensormatthew.ensor@beca.com<br />Jonathan Slasonjonathan.slason@beca.com17 March 2011<br />
  2. 2. BecaBus and Bike<br />Beca has the credibility – over seven years of researching - to guide the implementation the of Bikes on Buses <br />Cycle-PT Research: <br />NZ Research Report 418 published data on estimated demand and costs of system wide ‘bike on bus’ roll out.<br />Research included Bike and Ride, locker demand, and an extensive literature review. <br />The research provided a comprehensive review of Bike on Board and Bike and Ride programmes worldwide. <br />Bike and Ride (BaR): <br />This is where a cyclist uses a bike to reach the public transport facilities and <br />then parks the bike there <br />(parking on either end of trip)<br />Bike on Board (BoB): <br />This is where a cyclist uses a bike to reach the public transport facilities and then carries the bike onto the public transport service. <br />The bike can then be used at the latter end of the service to reach the final destination.<br />
  3. 3. BecaBus and Bike<br />Bikes increase the net catchment per bus / rail / ferry stop. <br />
  4. 4. BecaBus and Bike<br />
  5. 5. BecaBus and Bike<br /><ul><li>Successful Cycle and Public Transport initiative must be well planned and executed
  6. 6. Partial or trial approaches won’t work – and won’t capture the excitement necessary to create meaningful behaviour change.
  7. 7. Risk is too great – use analytical approach to maximise efficiency
  8. 8. The Cycle-PT Research combined an extensive literature review and exposure to international systems allows NZ the opportunity to learn from others –
  9. 9. Take the best from worldwide examples to create a truly exciting and successful Cycle and Public Transport system in Auckland.</li></li></ul><li>Fully Integrated Bike on Bus System RolloutThe 4 E’s<br />Education<br />Environment<br />Encouragement<br />Engineering<br />Image source: CAN.org<br />Create an integratedsolution to develop the cycle and public transport link. <br />Requires the 4 E’s to realise the benefits of the investment. <br />
  10. 10. Fully Integrated Bike on Bus System RolloutThe 4 E’s<br />EducationCreate a Learning Environment<br />EnvironmentCreate a Liveable City<br />EngineeringCreate a Quality System<br />EncouragementCreate a Culture<br />World Class Transport<br />Active and Healthy City<br />Sustainable transport modes<br />Integration with other Regional Initiatives (regional cycle ways, rental cycle scheme)<br />Removal of Harbour Bridge Crossing Impediment<br />Bus bike racks<br />Bike locker and bike rack (bike parking) establishment<br />Improve local cycle access (key routes, cycle lanes, signal priority for buses and cycles, etc.) to stations and heavily used local bus stops<br />Identify space restrictions and turning bus turning radii conflicts (route audits)<br />Cycle signage to major destinations and bus stops<br />Advertising & Branding<br />TravelWise<br />Incentive programme<br />Key performance monitoring system<br />Events<br />Key public figures get on board<br />Practice racks at key locations<br />Bike on Bus events - Rolling Bus Tour<br />Cycle Education<br />Teaming up with CAN/CAA and other advocate networks<br />Printed materials, videos, combine with branding<br />Maximise use of the integrated Bike & PT system (i.e. lockers, bike on board, bike rentals, etc.)<br />
  11. 11. Key to making Auckland the most liveable city in the world<br />EnvironmentCreate a liveable City<br />Bike bus tour: Basic InfoStreetfilms<br />Bike on Bus and Bike and Ride: Adopted around the world<br />Integrates into a Active and Healthy City<br />Harbour Bridge Crossing Option: Put the bike on the bus<br />World Class Transport<br />Active and Healthy City<br />Sustainable transport modes<br />Integration of other Regional Initiatives (regional cycle ways, rental cycle scheme)<br />Removal of Harbour Bridge Crossing Impediment<br />A complete bicycle and public transport integration in Auckland can produce a likely ridership of almost 700,000 combined cycling & transit trips annually. <br />Active & Healthy City Image source: Aucklandtrains.co.nz<br />
  12. 12. EducationTraining<br />practice racks<br />Practice racks at busy stops as well as general education about the rack system.<br />The practice racks can reduce the fear and hesitation – for that first time that is always a bit scary<br />left: Example here is a travelling practice rack.below: bike rack on bus tour <br />Travelling bus bike rack<br />Source: Philly, PA, USA. Philly Bike Coalitionhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/philly_bike_coalition/4344509174/in/photostream/<br />
  13. 13. EducationPopular Training and ‘cool factor’ <br />Internet video<br />Seattle General User Introduction to Bike Bus Rack Videovideo:<br />mms://winmedia.kingcounty.gov/transit/metrobikeracks.wmv<br />Video with lots of examples of people loading and unloading their bicycles from the bus racks. Provides clear and easy to understand directions for users. <br />Example videos on public education on the concept of putting your bike on the busWill need a NZ specific version!<br />Bike Rap Video: Louisville <br />Encouragement and Educationvideo:<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoFFg0W9UME<br />Rappers and bus drivers dance with a catchy tune advertising and educating people on the new bus racks. Highlights the benefits of the bike and transit combination.<br />
  14. 14. EngineeringQuality Equipment<br />Sportworks is the manufacturer for the Christchurch bike on bus trial<br />Discuss methods for cost reduction – potentially local production<br />http://www.sportworks.com/bike-racks-for-buses.aspx<br />Sportworks Product Video<br />http://www.sportworks.com/bus-racks/video.aspx<br />
  15. 15. EngineeringRemove the Barriers<br />‘Bike on Bus’ need safe and efficient cycle access to bus ways<br />Example:<br />No dedicated cycle facilities to the Constellation Stationfrom adjacent community<br />This reduces the net demand for the cycle facilities. <br />Without improved access to bus and rail facilities the bike on board may not realise the full demand potential.<br />http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/PED_BIKE/univcourse/pdf/swless09.pdf<br />
  16. 16. EngineeringLocker supply and management<br />Craft a business or organisation model which can manage the bicycle racks and bicycle lockers<br />The lockers will become a pivotal part of a integrated Cycle-PT system. Especially on high volume PT routes such as the Northern Busway<br />Incentives to use lockers can increase locker utilisation and PT patronage<br />Technology, good positioning, marketing and partnerships can enable a successful locker system<br />Left top: Northern bus way locker. $2 deposit and return system. (ARTA website)<br />Right top: Wellington bike lockers (CAN website)<br />Left bottom: Bike Link is a technology driven locker system used along the CalTrain (and elsewhere) system. <br />
  17. 17. EngineeringFixing the Constraints<br />Route Audit for Bike on Bus and Bike and Ride systems <br /><ul><li>Bus geometric limitations: Buses will need to navigate with another ~1 metre length. Route assessments to determine where stop lines and parking may be affected by turning buses.
  18. 18. Bike on board demand estimates by route: Can aide in 2 or 3 rack question. Which routes to establish initially. As well as likelihood of capacity issues.
  19. 19. Bike and ride locker demand and placement: Efficient placement at places of demand to minimise cost of implementation.
  20. 20. Access: Review cycle routes to and from the bus route or facility</li></li></ul><li>EncouragementCulture & Behaviour Change<br />TravelWise within Auckland City<br />Develop flyers, brochures to encourage additional riders<br />Build culture around the activity<br />Riding mentors: a person to person coach for cycling<br />Examples found in Chicago, Illinois,USA<br />How to create a culture!<br />Influence Behaviour Change<br />
  21. 21. EncouragementEvents and PR<br />Political leaders<br />Cultural leaders<br />Popular culture figures<br />Concepts:<br /><ul><li>Have these leaders star in their own Bike on Board training videos
  22. 22. Ensure representatives and leaders are part of any new roll out
  23. 23. Invite leaders and pop culture figures to public trainings, school, etc. </li></ul>Source: http://caa.org.nz/. Post by MarkR. 16/02/2011<br />
  24. 24. ImplementationGetting it Right<br />NZ has the advantage to learn from the rest of the world on how this system works. <br />Beca has been researching this since 2003 – <br />We appreciate the issues and the tasks necessary to get it right. <br />Steps<br /><ul><li>Identify key stakeholders and project champions
  25. 25. Plan for the system
  26. 26. Identify demand and size of roll out
  27. 27. Procure system
  28. 28. Motivate, Educate, and Excite the public
  29. 29. Training, PR, Marketing,
  30. 30. Release
  31. 31. Monitor, Evaluate, Respond, React</li></ul>We have to anticipate a build up of ridership and growth in overall awareness of the Cycle-PT system. Marketing and PR can build initial excitement, education to train people ahead of time. <br />The key is to build an integrated solution – all modes, all routes, on board and lockers. Feed the system with improved cycle facilities and cycle parking. As overall cycle demand and facilities grow – PT Trips will follow.<br />

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